It's been talked about for almost as long as 'Deadwood' has been off the air.
But now, at long last, the long-awaited 'Deadwood' movie is not only real, but it's actually going to arrive in just a few short months. HBO's programming chief Casey Bloys confirmed to Deadline that 'Deadwood' will premiere on HBO in Spring of 2019, meaning it'll be within the next three months.
Bloys stopped short of a specific date, but the fact that the movie was tentatively earmarked for that date - and how now come through for it - is particularly promising. Most of these follow-ups normally run into all sorts of problems. Just look at all the drama on the lead-up to 'Twin Peaks: The Return' and you'll have an idea of how it can go sideways.
'Deadwood' will pick up exactly 10 years after the final episode, with the full cast - save the sadly departed Powers Boothe - returning in their respective roles. Plot details are light, but it's understood that the movie will see the citizens of Deadwood reuniting to celebrate its accession into the Union, and South Dakota's statehood.
One of the movie's producers, Carolyn Strauss, described it to EW as being "about the passage of time. The toll of time on people."
"It’s mellowed some people and hardened others. And it’s about the town’s maturing and becoming part of the Union and what that event sets in motion, in a very personal way for the people that it brings in town and what ensues," she explained.
There's no word yet on whether or not it'll receive a theatrical release, but it'll most likely end up on Sky Atlantic on the same day.